Rube Rose S. Bisquera,
Mario M. Panaligan
Department of Internal Medicine - Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center
February 1-September 1, 2015
HIV/AIDS is a global epidemic, with the number of infected persons increasing every year. As of 2014, there are a total of 36.9 million people living with HIV worldwide, with 1.2 million deaths due to AIDS. In the Philippines, an average of 23 new cases of HIV is being diagnosed every day. With the increase in the number of HIV cases, there is also an increase in the risk of exposure among physicians and other health care workers to patients with HIV/AIDS. Adequate knowledge regarding the etiology, transmission, prevention and treatment will help physicians in providing quality care towards patient with HIV/AIDS.
A descriptive study was conducted among resident physicians at Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center. The Brief HIV Knowledge questionnaire, AIDS Attitudes Scale and Caring survey were used in this study.
A total of 122 resident physicians responded to this study. Majority of the respondents belonged to the 25-30 year old group (64%). Most were female (60%), single (77%), Asian 97.6%) and Catholic (88%).
Knowledge of HIV/AIDS was high with a mean score of 14.8 at the HIV-KQ-18, with an average of 82.3% of respondents answering each question correctly. The respondents mostly had an empathetic attitude towards patients with HIV, however they showed neutrality to case as shown by the caring survey mean score of 19.65.
Physicians at Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center have high knowledge about HIV. Their overall attitude towards the disease is positive, however, the physicians were shown to be neither willing nor unwilling to care fo HIV/AIDS patients. Physicians were neutral to care fo HIV patients.